President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE is lauding the big-time ratings win for the politically charged return of the sitcom "Roseanne," suggesting the "fake news" media can learn a thing or two from the show.
“Look at Roseanne. Look at her ratings,” Trump said Thursday during a speech in Ohio focused on infrastructure.
“I got a call from Mark Burnett,” Trump said, referring to the Hollywood producer who created Trump’s "The Apprentice.”
"He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello and to tell you, did you see "Roseanne’s" ratings?’ " Trump told the crowd.
"I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?' "
" 'They were unbelievable, over 18 million people' — and it was about us!" Trump exclaimed.
The Tuesday premiere of "Roseanne" averaged an astonishing 18.1 million viewers.
In the reboot of the ABC series, Roseanne Barr plays a Trump supporter in a politically divided, working-class family. The support for Trump extends beyond the sitcom — Barr said earlier this year that the country is "lucky" to have Trump as commander in chief.
Barr, who has described Trump as a friend of more than 20 years, said Thursday that the president had delivered a congratulatory phone call to her after the ratings victory.
Trump has long been fixated on television ratings, weighing in on Twitter on everything from the Academy Awards's low viewership earlier this year, to boasting about how many people watched his State of the Union address.
"The fake news hasn’t figured it out yet," Trump said in Ohio. "But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
"It may take a while, but it’s happening," he added.